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What is a bouclé yarn?

What is a bouclé yarn?

When it comes to styling with various types of yarns, some terminology becomes second nature to fabric designers; however, the names for these types of yarns can be confusing for the consumer.  One such yarn is referred to as a boucle yarn.

Boucle yarn definition 

Boucle yarn is made from a length of loops of similar size which can range from tiny circlets to large curls. To make boucle, at least two strands of yarn are combined, with the tension on one strand being much looser than the other as it is being plied, with the loose strand forming the loops and the other strand as the anchor or “core” yarn.

How to use boucle yarn.

Boucle yarns give texture to woven fabrics often resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing product.  With the boucle yarn being made from multiple component yarns, a variety of colors can also be introduced during the production process, resulting in a multi-colored or “heathered” look.  While boucle yarns can certainly be used in making base cloths for covering large areas such as sofas, side chairs, or ottomans. They often find their place in woven Jacquards, lending another level of texture and color to these multi-layered fabrics. 


Boucle yarns can be made using a variety of component yarns, ranging from polyester to polypropylene.  Revolution Performance Fabrics™ are all made using polypropylene (otherwise known as Olefin) yarns.  This allows the fabrics to be cleaned with bleach, and creates a durable fabric while still being soft to the touch.  Some of the more successful Revolution Performance Fabrics utilize a combination of flat yarns with boucle yarns, resulting in multiple textures and color combinations. 

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